New Tasman signings Jake Williams and Liam MacDevvit. Photo: Jonty Dine.

Tasman injects new blood with Jake Williams and Liam MacDevvit

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Tasman United will be hoping to spark a mid-season resurgence with two new additions to the squad.

The side has had a forgettable campaign thus far, losing seven of its nine encounters.
However, Tasman should be confident of a strong back end in the ISP Premiership as defender Jake Williams and striker Liam MacDevvit have been added to the ranks.

The two new signings, along with Cristian Benitez all made their debut for Tasman during its 1-0 defeat to Canterbury United in Christchurch on Sunday.

Jake’s signing also doubles as a homecoming having left Nelson at 13 to pursue his football career in Wellington.

Liam on the other hand brings a wealth of experience playing professionally in England with Gosport Borough and Lewes.

Liam. 26, adds a lethal dose of speed to the side having been a star athlete as a teenager.

His personal best for the 100m a staggering 10.82.

He says he hopes his speed can act as an attacking weapon for the struggling side.

“There are some very capable players in this team. The first half of the season wouldn’t have been what the boys wanted but there is time to turn it around.”

Liam says whether he contributes one or five goals, the speedy striker just wants to install some confidence in the Tasman team.

He has made the move north from Dunedin where he says he was struggling for game time.

“I had a few injury niggles too, so I saw this and a great opportunity.”

Jake has most recently enjoyed a stint in Wellington for the Phoenix Reserves where he played under current Tasman coach Andy Hedge.

Returning to the region a little over a week ago, he says the Tasman environment is a very family friendly one.

“That’s a big thing for me and it’s great to see so much support behind this club.”

The 18-year-old left back has also represented his country and even netted a goal for the U17s against the Solomon Islands.

Jake says the league is all about consistency and he hopes to help them achieve that.

“If you look at all the games, they have been close and, in this competition, anyone can beat anyone on their day.”

The young defender says he prides himself on his work ethic and will leave it all on the pitch for Tasman.

“If we finish higher than we are now, and I can help keep a few clean sheets that would be good.”

Tasman will travel to Auckland this weekend to take on the Hamilton Wanderers before returning to Trafalgar to face Waitakere Utd on January 27.